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October 4, 2016
Member News

Cecil Baker + Partners Project Breaks Ground in North Philadelphia

By Mary Tasillo
The Tioga Family Center, located at 1822-26 W. Tioga Street, will provide 24 units of family-friendly affordable housing in new construction on an empty lot.

Cecil Baker + Partners has designed Gaudenzia’s Tioga Family Center, a highly energy efficient affordable housing facility for mothers and their children, designed to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s latest sustainability requirements. Gaudenzia is a nonprofit leader in the field of addiction treatment and recovery services, helping people affected by drug and alcohol dependency, mental illness and related conditions achieve a better quality of life.

The Tioga Family Center, located at 1822-26 W. Tioga Street, will provide 24 units of family-friendly affordable housing in new construction on an empty lot. The Tioga Family Center will expand the supply of critically-needed stable, substance-free, affordable family housing and create a comprehensive approach to family stabilization through on-site community services aimed at successfully transitioning households from treatment to independent living. The project includes service and management offices, a community room with a kitchen, a childcare space, and classrooms overlooking an outdoor greenspace.

Tioga Family Center will offer apartments from one to three bedrooms, as well as resources for childcare and space to accommodate Gaudenzia’s programming, which includes after school programs for children, GED classes, and other training for mothers. As one of the first projects under PHFA’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credits Program to achieve this level of efficiency, Tioga Family Center will serve as a model for future sustainable building with a focus on substantially reducing the long-term energy imprint of the building, both improving cost of living for residents with utility bill savings and providing the environmental benefits of reduced energy needs.

Tioga Family Center will comply with requirements of Enterprise Green Communities and requirements for lowered HERS ratings. Energy efficient elements of the project include triple-glazed windows, energy recovery ventilation units, highly efficient equipment and appliances as well as increased insulation. By designing for lowered HERS rating, the tenants will enjoy homes that use 50% less energy than typical code built dwellings.

The project is expected to be completed in 2017.

About Cecil Baker + Partners
Cecil Baker + Partners is an architecture firm providing design services to governmental, educational, institutional and private sector clients. Established in 1982 and based in Philadelphia, the firm's services include feasibility studies, programming, design of new structures, adaptive reuse of existing structures, and interior design.

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